Saturday, November 12, 2011

A cowboy weekend!

Stay with me here, this is a big post, but I think you'll enjoy!
First of all, Jim and Ann took all of us to the rodeo Friday night!  It was the Working Ranch Rodeo and this was actually the championship, so we were seeing the best of the best.  Guess who was competing??  The Drummond Ranch!!  Yes, Pioneer Woman and her family have been in Amarillo all weekend for this rodeo and we had so much fun watching her team compete!

To top it all off, I got to MEET she and Ladd at a book signing Saturday morning!  It was such a special treat to get to talk to them both!  If you know me at all, you know how obsessed I am with her recipes, blog, cookbook, Food Network show and so on!  I was the FIRST one in line too!  My friend Tiffany and I got there two hours early and it paid off!  It's a day I won't forget!  :)  They are such a sweet family, so down to earth and easy to talk to!  I was so star struck that I can't remember a thing I said!  Ha!

 My little man decked out in his boots and jeans ready to go to his very first rodeo!

 Wearing Adelynn's cowboy hat!

 My two sweet boys!

 The introduction of the 23 ranches from different states that were competing.

 Ladd Drummond holding the Oklahoma flag!

 And here we go!  The first bucking bronco out of the shoot!

 Parker was in love, he couldn't take his eyes off!

 The calf roping event.  I kept telling myself, this doesn't hurt the animal, this does't hurt the animal.
(at least that's what WE think)

 Blake and Adelynn
The Budweiser Clydesdales were there!

Nana and Geefather with Katherine and Parker

 OK, this was hysterical!  This Border Collie is named Whiplash and he rounds up sheep with a monkey on his back!  This monkey held on for dear life!  We could NOT quit laughing at this!

 And there he is ladies...Marlboro Man!
If by now you have no idea who I am talking about, please do yourself a favor a visit Pioneer Woman's blog, you can read it here.

 In the dirt, holding onto a a cow while his team members milk it!  Yes, it's a competition to see how fast you can rope the cow and get milk into a bottle!

 Here we are!  Tiffany and I opened up the book signing line Saturday morning with our coffee in hand!  

 We made some sweet new friends while in line... me, Juanita, Tiffany, Selena and Tricia!
They made the two hours of waiting just fly by, I'm thankful for my new friends!

 I've never been first in line for anything but it sure was a good feeling since the line wrapped around the store!!

 Here she comes!
My heart was beating so fast at this point, I was wondering what in the world I was going to say!  I think I started off with "welcome to Amarillo!"  Not bad right?

 My big moment of talking with her.  Seriously, can't remember a thing I said!  I was so nervous, so ridiculous!  She's a person just like you and me, but I couldn't get the butterflies out of my stomach!

 Just shoot'n the breeze!

 Posing with Marlboro Man!
After I was finished getting my books signed, I waited off to the side for Tiffany and got to talk to MM for about 5 minutes.  We talked ranches, rodeo and kids!  Such a nice man (even hotter in person)!!  ;)

 Come back soon you two!  :)
Their cute kids were there too, but they were wondering the bookstore!  


  1. NO WAY!!! Very jealous got an evening at the rodeo AND a chance to see MM in action AND meeting PW and MM at a book signing. WOW! I'm just hoping she comes to Dallas for a signing when her next cookbook comes out. I'm glad you had such an eventful evening. Parker looks like he fits right in at the rodeo!

  2. Color me jealous! He is delish, indeed. I would love to meet PeeDub! Looks like a great time!

  3. So glad yall went to the rodeo, I bet Jim got a kick out of watching, my brother Tripp as he used to work cattle with him back in the day. Sure wish I could have met you, maybe next time! Tell James and all the Austins hi from me!

  4. So fun, Lauren! Parker looks like a handsome little man.

    So exciting you got to meet Pioneer Woman and MM.

    I love the dog with the monkey. That is hysterical!

  5. The Grammar Gestapo is on the job. Brace yourself, pilgrim.
    Lovely story and good photos, but when a bucking horse emerges from a 'cell' and into the arena, it's not a shoot but a chute.
    Perhaps the man riding might say shoot, or worse, but it would not be the same as in "open the chute.'
    Go now child, and misspell no more.